Android Go phones are based around a lighter version of Android specifically designed to run on limited hardware. They’re generally reserved for countries like India and China, but now they’re starting to trickle out in the US.
While Cricket Wireless was technically the first US carrier to ship an Android Go phone with the Nokia 3.1 Plus (it fits perfectly with the low-cost, limited hardware devices the carrier usually sells anyway), Verizon is now the second US carrier—and the first of the big four—to offer a Go device.
Starting today, you can buy the Nokia 2 V—internationally known simply as the Nokia 2.1—on Verizon’s prepaid service, which will set you back a paltry $70. Given its Android Go roots, the 2 V is pretty hardware limited—the Qualcomm Snapdragon 425, just 8 GB of storage, a single gig of RAM are along for the ride here, so don’t expect a speed demon by any means.
All that said, it is running Android Go, which is specifically designed for this type of hardware. So while fast it won’t be, it should definitely still be pretty usable. If you’re into hit the button below to check it out.